Survey’s tell us that 90% of the people who visit a local church make up their minds within 20 minutes whether to ever return. For us that means before the choir has sung or the pastor preaches – they’ve made up their minds about coming back. Now that should tell us that we need to be changing the way we interact with new faces in our church!
What are the 7 things we should give up in order to reach visitors and unchurched people?
1 – Music: It should occur to you that we all have a different all-time favorite song. That we may even have a different favorite genre’. That for each of you who like the 40’s sound there are a bunch who like the Motown sound of the 60’s. And how about the younger 30 to 50 year old’s – what music do you suppose they like. My guess it’s not endless versions of the Old Rugged Cross and Nearer My God to Thee. It could be the stuff you hear on Z88.3 FM and similar stations. Would your relationship with Christ be damaged if you were singing something other than hymns and dirges? I don’t think so. But it may be a welcoming sound to visitors to have some mixture of tradition, contemporary, jazz, blues and maybe even some Motown sound. Would you be willing to give up some of your preferred music in order to reach and welcome the lost?